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Barrel House Tavern

4.5
601 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Barrel House offers a unique farm to table experience in downtown Sausalito which celebrates local seasonal ingredients and sustainability in a beautiful setting.

Barrel House focuses on letting the ingredients shine. To this end, Barrel House supports local farmers and organic practices due to their amazing quality as well as being harvested at their peak of ripeness.

Barrel House will feature barrel aged and classic cocktails. Its wine menu highlights California winemakers. Barrel House will have rotating local micro brews on tap as well as wines on tap. Additionally, we will be hand crafting our own sodas with seasonal fruits.
Barrel House features furniture and woodwork that was handcrafted using reclaimed black walnut and curly maple trees. Every seat in the Barrel House has sweeping views of the Bay and an outdoor deck that sits right over the water.

***Please note: Pets are not allowed in the dining room or patio.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 601 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SuzanneD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was my second time there. It was really busy, so things took a bit, but the food was almost as good as the first time! I had the petrale sole. My friend had the short ribs and said they were amazing!

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vipSophiaC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Sausalito gem! With views looking towards SF, a stunning bar, and delicious food, this place is a must-try if you are in the area. The ambiance was hip and relaxed and the service was great. Thank you!

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Kimberly
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome back! Love that they provide outdoor & indoor dining by the bay! Food & staff were exceptional! Happy Spring!

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vipDrBob
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you just have time for lunch in Sausalito, go to the Barrel. The food and drink are excellent, but the view south towards San Francisco is to die for.

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KamelF
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was a little bit longer. The food was very good.

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vipJimH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A regular green salad wood be nice, with tomatoes

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vipMariaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente location, great service and great food. Love it

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was too pricey for portion drinks are beyond overpriced

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LoJSF
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great to eat hear. Got a little cold inside with all the windows open.

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Joelikestoeat
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Barrel House Tavern's service and noise level have improved considerable since the last time we had dinner at the restaurant. The food was delicious.

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hungryhippo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch. Had a bunch of apps. Every one was amazing. Views were outstanding too. Recommend highly.

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vipMediaMan
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Ate outside on the patio. Very good views of the bay from most parts of the restaurant. I had the flat iron steak sandwich, which was very tasty. My date’s pasta dish was very good, too. While the waitperson was attentive it took a long time for the food to come and to get and process the check. Would definitely recommend this place, but not if you’re in a hurry.

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vipLynn
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service is slow, drink orders right away, but food take over an hour and the check took an hour, even with checking on paying many times. We think it is new staff and cooks standing around not enough staff for reopening. Weekends are the most busiest like COVID never happened. Food was good, burgers and fries, dont get the oysters extremely small for $42 of 6-8 pieces, tuna tacos were okay, the clam chowder was clam soup with clam shells and big size potato pieces...beer was good though. Some good and bad points.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible experience! We are locals and brought my father in law for lunch. We had a reservation and got seated. We waited 25 minutes for our waiter to come by. He passed by continuously but didn’t think to greet us or say, “I’ll be with you in a minute” or anything. We started losing patience and expected at least, “sorry to keep you waiting” but he came and asked, “ready to order?” We were sort of taken aback. Meanwhile, we started looking at other restaurants nearby and I mentioned that we had been thinking of leaving bc we didn’t think we had anyone taking care of us... and then he waved and said, “bye bye then.” Liked the food - totally aware it’s a touristy restaurant but didn’t expect to be treated like that. Restaurants are busy and trying their best but our guy had an attitude and wasn’t nice...so we left. Unfortunate bc we are locals who liked the restaurant.

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vipAndyB
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

All very nice. Dissapointed the menu on Opentable was nothing like the menu offered.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Bon choix, personnel très serviable et sympathique

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SamG
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service excellent food excellent ambience

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vipDrBob
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic view of San Francisco Bay and the City. Great service and quality food. Great for a quiet and relaxing lunch.

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LenaS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The outdoor seating is not very good. It was too cold and there were lack of view. The food quality was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a great experience for looking at the skyline of SF

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Jrose
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

Have been going to this spot for years and I often send my clients here who are traveling to and from SF. My partner and I were asked to leave our table because apparently there’s a hour and thirty time limit. Granted we had ALREADY told our server we were ready for the bill and both had about a quarter of our drinks left to drink. I find it hard to believe that if we were more affluent looking this situation would have happened. We spent over 100 dollars on food also, so it’s not like we were just drinking. I work in the industry and understand turn over but this was plain rude. They had us sit on a dirty wood bench and wait for our check which took a while to reach us. The whole situation was ridiculous and mishandled. Our server was amazing and kind. I won’t be spending my money here again or recommending this location.

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vipRcivarello
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

We love this restaurant but unfortunately, the service was poor. Our server was either overworked or having a bad day. There were some strange comments that were made and our drink orders were forgotten. We felt rushed to get out of there at 8pm on a Saturday night because our server told us he had been there since 10am & he needed to close out the check so he could leave. We hadn't even ordered dessert at that point.

The food was great per usual. Hopefully, it was just an off night, or they are working out some details since the Covid shutdown?

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Yelsi
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great views of the bay! Friendly, helpful staff! Decent food. Brussel sprouts are a must try! Nice place to stop in and have a cocktail while enjoying the vistas.

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GloriaM
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing view and food, best cocktails in Sausalito

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vipSummerluv54
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I requested to sit outside, there was no one waiting for the bar area outside. But the guy sat another party right where we wanted to sit, right in front of us. I made rez a head of time with a note on the rez. He didn’t care or take this into consideration.

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MassimoM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best places we've eaten at in a long time. Food was excellent: fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and just the right-sized dishes (we ordered only the small dishes and shared them). Plus the view of San Francisco was stunning. The only complaint we had was the background music was a bit too high for us. Otherwise, a great place to have a laid back dinner on a Saturday night.

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AnnieM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

We made an online reservation for 8:30 PM. After being seated the server immediately told us in the kitchen is closing at nine we had to order soon. The staff was only interested in leaving as soon as possible and not at all concerned with the service or experience. A restaurant should not take an 8:30 reservation if they don’t intend to commit to a real meal. We definitely understand that the kitchen closes at 9 PM and people like to get all three nights. But I felt like we were not welcome there from the minute we sat down.

The food was hit or miss. Most of it was fairly bland for the price.

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vipCblm
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view, food and service. What more is there? Ask for a seat by the window. They usually accommodate.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful evening all around. Service was great, very welcoming and friendly. The food was tasty and the view was over the top. Loved it all...will be back for sure! Thank you!

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vipTailspin
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day and we were able to get patio seating for a gorgeous view of the bay. Food and service was 1st class.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner, ambience and service was excellent! Only missing was a really chocolaty dessert. Mouse doesn’t count. Would definitely recommend and visit again.

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SAM2020
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I would absolutely recommend BHT to a friend with the caveat that the service (like just about every other Sausalito restaurant I have been to is LESS than great and barely tolerable!!). Great views, Great Location, Great Food!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Was warmly welcomed by the staff at the desk...was a bit disappointed when an outdoor table was not available as I had requested when I booked the reservation....the gentleman that helped me assured me that we were getting a great table...and we did!
Spectacular view! Service was perfect and the food was delicious...we will be back...again....and again!

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AnnaC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and views. Got the half chicken and it was delicious - same with the cauliflower curried soup. Great options for people who do not eat/like seafood - but still want the on-the-water views!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Valentine’s Day meal!

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michaelp
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got an amazing table next to a window and had a great view of the bay. The drinks were delicious and so was the food. Wait staff was very friendly and fast.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Generally ok, but not as good as it was 1-2 years ago. The service was definitely off and the food; it was borderline cool and bland (unlike two years ago). Ok is really the best description I have for the experience... probably won’t go back given the availability of more reliable options.

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Food
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Another great dinner in Sausalito with extremely disappointing service!! We rarely saw the waiter and half the time he couldn’t remember what he wrote down. 🤔
The only other downside to this adventure was the incredible level of noise!!! Couldn’t hear the people across the table from me! UGG!!
Most of our meals were delicious however the scallops with risotto special should have been called the risotto with scallop special. Although tasty, very skimpy on the scallops.

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CyAN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very disappointed in experience. Took a long time to receive cocktails before, during and after dinner - and it was not very busy in either bar or restaurant. It was not clear that the "house Manhattan" was pre-made and not customizable - what was received was very heavy on the bitters and had to be sent back.... We were informed that all seafood was exceptional (by server) but sole with dungeness crab we ordered was very disappointing. Hard to tell what exactly was it was that was considered "dungeness crab", especially with the addition of red bell peppers to disguise whatever it was. Generally bland dish. Other than the beautiful view of SF, not much to recommend about restaurant. Would definitely not go back for a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food wasn’t worth the cost. Service was good

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Barrel House Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 601 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.